21st century poets

What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation, a collection of conversations between well-established and budding poets, focuses on the role of poetry and poets in the 21st century. It serves as a follow up to 2002’s interview collection Where the Words Come From. The book launch will be hosted by author Rob Taylor at Vancouver…

Uprooted – A journey of self-discovery

Uprooted – A Journey of Self-Discovery is an upcoming art exhibition hosted by Coquitlam’s Place des Arts from Nov. 16 to Dec. 20, featuring 16 pieces of Chinese ink artworks by artists Suchen Wu and Teresa Chow. The series of artworks use driftwood and roots as symbols to explore the immigrant experience – the initial excitement…

The Med’Cine all properties of a dance

Med’Cine is a performance that reaches out to the soul of the viewer. O.Dela Arts, featuring Olivia C. Davies, has brought together two current feature dance pieces Gateways and Rematriate for a Nov. 17 performance at the Presentation House Theatre (PHT). “For the audience, Med’Cine is a description that represents the healing that can be obtained through the arts,” says Davies, a…

Band draws inspiration from ghosts of the past

The Vancouver-based band Only A Visitor pays homage to ghost Chinatowns through their songs. The art collective Publik Secrets presents some of their songs in a concert of new music, featuring the art pop quintet Only A Visitor in collaboration with the Kingsgate Chorus, Nov. 16 at Yaletown Roundhouse. Family ghost stories Robyn Jacob, the…

Artist Sorour Abdollahi celebrates culture and identity

With the 2018 Eastside Culture Crawl fast approaching, artists across the city are preparing for this important annual event, including Iranian-born artist Sorour Abdollahi. Abdollahi, an established artist back in Tehran, made the move from Iran to Vancouver 18 years ago. She quickly immersed herself in the local arts scene and has exhibited in numerous…

Festival of lights and culture

This year’s Diwali Festival in B.C. promises to both entertain and educate. Founded by Rohit Chokhani, Diwali in B.C. is an artistic platform and a celebration of the festival of lights during the Indian New Year. A multi-cultural festival, Diwali promises to engage artists and people from different backgrounds and specialties. Raised in Mumbai, Chokhani…

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary aboriginal women artists from Australia

Marking the Infinite will make its Canadian debut at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) in November. The show seeks to celebrate and preserve Indigenous knowledge, languages and traditions through the eyes of nine Aboriginal women’s artworks. “It is a series of firsts for us,” explains Carol E. Mayer, curator of the Pacific at MOA. “It is…

Speaking volumes with one act

In the upcoming theatre production The Ones We Leave Behind viewers are immersed in a character play that subtly addresses one of society’s major issues: social isolation, abandonment and loneliness. With the support of the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT), the seminal MSG Lab play will be making its debut from Oct. 24–Nov. 3 at The Cultch’s…

Art with an alternative perspective

Javaad Alipoor, writer, co-director and lead performer, brings The Believers Are But Brothers to centre stage at the Culture Lab Oct. 30–Nov 10. The one-actor play deals with identity, insecurity and fantasy while taking on the topics of toxic masculinity and far-right extremism in the online world. A representation of masculinity and extremism With just a few…

A polar bear’s life

Filmmaker, Julia Kwan explores themes of aging and the abandonment of the elderly in her first animation film, The Zoo. Animated by Jesse Cote at Jester Coyote and co-produced by the National Film Board (NFB) and Telus, The Zoo takes us on a journey through the story of Kut, a polar bear cub who finds himself living in…

A taste of Apulia

The Autumn Feast: A Taste of Apulia, a bi-annual community event organized and hosted by The Italian Cultural Centre, showcases Apulia’s traditions including some of the finest ceramic art products in the world. The Autumn Feast is one of Vancouver’s most traditional Italian attractions, featuring food specialties, products and traditional artistic crafts from the Apulian…

Lessons in our time

Multimodality is what comes to mind while watching Immigrant Lessons perform. Multimodality describes communication practices using a variety of modes such as visuals, audio and movement to relay a message. In an upcoming performance at the Roundhouse in Yaletown on October 21, the group of experienced young performers will relate a rigorous tutorial through their…

Play explores the proliferation of thought monsters

A play written for a younger audience, but with content everyone can relate to, So, How Should I Be? explores the impact that mass and social media, friends, family and our communities have on mental health, with a specific focus on eating disorders. Set to perform at Presentation House Theatre October 18–28, So, How Should…